By Max Clarke

Following days of speculation, Prince Andrew has confirmed his resignation from the role of UK trade envoy.

The Prince had faced strong criticism after his close association with the US billionaire, Jeffrey Epstein, who was jailed for sex offenses.

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expected to assume the role as ambassadors to British trade- a decision likely to be welcomed by trade groups owing to their youthful, energetic personalities and worldwide popularity.

"With recent events it was inevitable that Prince Andrew would step down,” commented Richard Hillgrove of Hillgrove PR.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make excellent ambassadors for British business. Together they embody and fuse together youthfulness and hope, whilst coming from the British establishment. They are new but old. Modern and traditional: The full package.

"Extra ammunition and understanding comes within the package as the Duchess of Cambridge comes from a self made family and has direct experience of working within a family business."

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